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Proceedings Sixth International Conference on Network Protocols (Cat. No.98TB100256) (1998)
Austin, Texas
Oct. 13, 1998 to Oct. 16, 1998
ISBN: 0-8186-8988-9
pp: 0042
Quality-of-service (QoS) routing satisfies application performance requirements and optimizes network resource usage but effective path-selection schemes require the distribution of link-state information, which can impose a significant burden on the bandwidth and processing resources in the network. We investigate the fundamental trade-off between network overheads and the quality of routing decisions in the context of the source-directed link-state routing protocols proposed for future IP and ATM networks. Through extensive simulation experiments with several representative network topologies and traffic patterns, we uncover the effects of stale link-state information, random fluctuations in traffic load, and variations of the link-cost metric on the routing and signalling overheads. The paper concludes by summarizing our key results as a list of guidelines for designing efficient quality-of-service routing policies in large backbone networks.

J. Rexford, K. Shin and A. Shaikh, "Evaluating the Overheads of Source-Directed Quality-of-Service Routing," Proceedings Sixth International Conference on Network Protocols (Cat. No.98TB100256)(ICNP), Austin, Texas, 1998, pp. 0042.
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